One of my favorite movies of all time is Minority Report, a 2002 movie by Steven Spielberg which was based on the Philip K. Dick story of the same name. I watched it for the first time at a young impressionable age and spent maybe a little too much time thinking about its morals and themes, but when I wanted to revisit it recently before the ill-fated Minority Report reboot aired, I found that I had lost my copy of the DVD. Fortunately for me, it finally turned up, and I settled in to realize that the messages of this movie, though somewhat flawed, are still relevant today.
Spoilers after the jump.
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Falling Skys is a summer series on TNT now in its second season about an alien invasion of Earth and a group of people led by an American History professor in Massachusetts trying to survive and fight back against the aliens. Oh, and Steven Spielberg is producing it.
Okay, I’m going to give you the punchline at the beginning. This. Series. Sucks.
Now, the really good question you are probably thinking at this moment is “Why does it suck?” See that beginning description? That’s pretty much all that happened. All they do is walk around, fire guns occasionally, and have randomly placed philosophical conversations. It’s boring as nut. And I like philosophical conversations more than the average Joe. But the series obviously thinks it’s being so dramatic. I just wanna yell at my TV, ‘”There is more drama on Project Runway!” Because there is more drama on any other TV program.
Part of the reason the drama aspect is so bad is because so many of the characters are either poorly written, poorly acted, or both. Noah Wyle (who plays the Professor) is the only good actor with a well written character. His kids have poorly written characters, and the other adults can’t act.
The special effects are so-so. Obviously you know that the aliens are fake computer-generated things, so it doesn’t have much of a zing. Not to mention I don’t think the aliens themselves are that scary. They look like your traditional green headed guy with a little ant and a little squid. They’ve got cool technology though. But it’s nothing I haven’t seen before in—I don’t know—Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, or any other scifi thing that involves outer space.
I guess since there is absolutely nothing else on TV during the summer TNT feels the need to subject us to this boring torture. It’s a one hour show and they could have done it in thirty minutes. So if you have free time and are thinking about watching this series, I recommend you do something more fun and productive, like watching grass grow.